What are the most educated nations from 1870 to 2017? This new article examines the nations in the world that have the highest average number of years of schooling. The data covers all levels of education. And the population over the age of 25 is taken into consideration.
Most educated countries from 1870 to 2017 video.
Education rankings by country
In 2017, the top nation in the world with the most years, on average, of schooling is Germany. In Germany, the value is estimated at 14.1 years. In second place worldwide is another nation located in Europe. Switzerland. Switzerland which has a value of 13.4 years. The same figure is also found in the United States where the average schooling for people over the age of 25 is 13.4 years. Among the top fifteen nations in the world, all continents except Africa are represented. In Oceania, Australia is in fifth position with 12.9 years and Asia Israel with 12.9 years. The low figure for African nations is also dictated by the very low life expectancy of the population and the fact that this parameter represents the average for the nation.
While the top nation in 2017 is Germany with over 14 years, the situation was decidedly different in 1870. The first nation in the world was the current second, Switzerland. But the average age of schooling was decidedly different. Switzerland was in first position with a figure of 3.89 years. Following in second position was Norway with 3.82 years and in third place the United States with 3.7 years. Germany, about 150 years ago, had a figure of less than 2 years. Schooling on average increased by as much as 7 times in this nation.
Total government expenditure on education
If we have seen which nations have the longest schooling, in terms of time, we now ask another question. Which are the nations in the world that, in terms of time, spend the most money on education relative to GDP?
If we have seen which nations have the most schooling, in terms of time, we now ask another question. Which nations in the world, in terms of time, spend the most money on education relative to GDP? The top nation in the world (2006 figure and no longer updated) is American Samoa. The percentage of spending is 14.7% of the total. In second place is Cuba (2010 data) with a value of 12.8%, followed by Kiribati, Greenland and Solomon Islands. These countries all have values in excess of 10% of expenditure in relation to GDP.
And among the top 10 nations in the world by population, which ones invest the most as a percentage of GDP? Brazil until 2018 was the first nation among the largest to spend the most on education. Brazil’s figure was in fact 6.09% of the total. Following in second position was Russia with 4.68 and Mexico with 4.25. China and India have a similar value: 3.54 and 3.45. Data for the United States are not available, at least on the World Bank website.
OECD estimates US spending at 3.6% of total GDP.
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See the video here: Most educated countries – 1870/2017